Why don't we start with John Edward. As mentioned on his biography page, John is involved with the Albuquerque Reads program. This is a joint effort between the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Albuquerque Public Schools to teach reading skills to kindergarten students. Here's John working as a volunteer tutor with a couple of kindergarten students.
John also ran for the APS School Board, unfortunately he did not win.
John Edward, owner and broker for The Edward Group, an insurance and real estate brokerage company located in ABQ, NM, is making a very generous contribution of giving over 200 books to Kindergarten age children at two APS schools to help promote and encourage reading and literacy for the youth of Albuquerque.
Mr. Edward, has been a volunteer for 3 years as a ABQ Reads Tutor, at Wherry Elementary School. He tutors Kindergarten children, in the hopes that their early exposure to reading and literacy will help ensure their futures will be full of opportunity and promise.
This year however, he is taking his efforts one step further. Mr. Edward is purchasing books for every Kindergarten age child at Wherry and Bandolier Elementary Schools. This amounts to over 200 books.
Many of the homes from which these children come from, may not have a single book. Each child having something to read in the summer alone or with an adult is an important step between now and August when they return to school as 1st Graders.
The gifted books entitled “Giraffes Can’t Dance”, is a colorful story about overcoming what other people may say you can’t do. Mr. Edward believes that trying and overcoming obstacles is also a great lesson to know and learn. He hopes that not only will the children become excited about reading, but that they will also see that when they try there are no limits in life.
The Edward Group, while not the largest company in town is one with a heart and vision. Mr. Edward, who also ran for the School Board in 2007, knows the quality of our future and the future of these children is not only their ability to read, but their thirst for learning.
Mr. Edward hopes that his gift, will help in more than just growing life long learners, but that other people and businesses in the community will also take a step towards helping children become all they can dream to be.
Next year Mr. Edward hopes that he can add an additional school to his list and that every child will one day be certain to have a book to read on lazy summer days. So that more children will have a chance to develop the reading skills they need to be anything they dream to be.
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